Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Houston is an amazing city. It is the fourth largest in the country and is thriving with culture, beauty and a rich history. Its vast size means that there are many distinct neighborhoods to experience and explore. The best way to see Houston is to simply go for a walk. Whether you are strolling around Memorial Park, taking in the beautiful homes in Old Sixth Ward, or shopping in the Main Street Market Square, you are sure to have a wonderful time. Seeing Houston on foot is the only way to truly get a feel for this amazing city. However, what if your daily run or leisurely stroll ended abruptly because you were hit by a car? Do you know what would happen next or what you should do?
All car drivers, truck drivers, and motorcyclists have a legal duty to ensure the safety of those around them. This includes other drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians. Drivers owe pedestrians a very high duty of care because drivers are in control of and protected by tons of steel moving at many miles per hour. Pedestrians have nothing between them and the cars and move very slow in comparison. Therefore, the burden is on the drivers to ensure the safety of the pedestrians. Drivers are in a better position to ensure that they do not hit pedestrians – they move faster and can swerve to avoid hitting a pedestrian much faster than a pedestrian can move out of the way. A speeding car is more likely to surprise a pedestrian than a pedestrian is to surprise a driver who was paying attention.
What could happen if a car hits me?
Sadly, pedestrians are at an extremely high risk of injury and death from an accident with a car, truck or motorcycle. It’s not unusual for a pedestrian to sustain major injuries when the car that hit them is hardly damaged and the driver is unscathed. Pedestrians suffer from a wide array of injuries when they are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, including but not limited to:
● Brain injury
● Injured joints
● Broken bones, including broken hips, broken ankles and wrists, shattered kneecaps, broken arms and legs, etc.
● Neck and back injuries
● Scarring and disfigurement
● Paralysis of some or all of the body as a result of spinal cord injuries
● Loss of function of, or amputation of extremities
All of the above listed injuries are awful. Particularly frightening, though, are brain injuries. Even when the accident seems minor, a traumatic brain injury can occur. In fact, you don’t even need to hit your head to sustain a brain injury. Getting hit by a car can cause sufficient force to jerk your brain around in your skull, hitting the bone and causing a concussion. There are many different types of brain injuries, and brain injuries have a large variety of symptoms, including but not limited to:
● Changes in personality
● Difficulty breathing on your own
● Loss of vision or hearing
● Coordination and motor skill problems
What should I do if I get hit by a car?
Seek immediate medical attention, even if you feel fine. Make sure to call the police to the scene. Get as much information as you can. As soon as possible, contact your Houston, Texas pedestrian accident attorney at Loncar Associates for a free consultation.